OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics’ season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is among the most media-savvy athletes on the planet, but he says it came through trial and error.

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Cops love baseball too. Just like the rest of the community felt the excitement of the Kansas City Royals being in the playoffs Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years, so did the Kansas City (Mo.) police. One problem, of course: It’s hard to depend on criminals also catching Royals Fever so thoroughly that they forget to commit crimes so law enforcement also can enjoy the game. But, in case local scofflaws were feeling the least bit civic, the KCPD took to Twitter in the late innings of Kansas City’s 9-8 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game:   We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We’d like to hear the @Royals clinch this. — Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   One of the greatest tweets of all time. The best part, aside from the half-joking audacity and sass, is the “really.” We really need this, you guys. It wasn’t an unreasonable request, given:   @mburnshockey @NBCSN Many people on our force were not yet born the last time this happened. — Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   That’s also the case with most of the Royals players, except for Raul Ibañez (with any certainty). So did it work? Did crime stop, so the police could enjoy the end of the Royals game? Unlikely, but a quick scan of crimereports.com shows that, from 10:51 p.m. local time when the request was sent until the end of the game, no crimes were reported in the Kauffman Stadium area.  You can book it, Danno.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Athletics catcher Geovany Soto left Tuesday night’s AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals after hurting his left thumb in the first inning on a play at the plate.

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Ned Yost says he is not too concerned by the long odds faced by the wild card entrants as the Kansas City Royals return to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics waited until the last day of the regular season to finally clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.

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A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics:

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Going to Game 162, and still no telling where or when Felix Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera will play after this weekend.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Left-hander Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers has been scratched from his start against Oakland on Saturday night because of a migraine headache.

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